I friggin' love March! And sometimes I think it gets lost in the shuffle. Here's what I mean:
January has the new year. Woo Hoo!
February has Valentine's Day or Singles Awareness Day (depending on how you look at it)
March has... I'll get back to this
April has April Fools Day and April showers bring...
May flowers. And May day. And Mother's Day.
June is the first month of freedom from school. And Fathers day.
July has the 4th of July (duh!)
August is the last month of summer and thus freedom.
September is the start of a new school year.
October has Halloween.
November has Thanksgiving.
December has Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa etc.
But March! March has Shamrock Shakes. I forget every year how delicious they are. Quite honestly I could stop right there and that is enough reason why March is under-appreciated and totally awesome. But just because I could doesn't mean I will :)
March also has Dr. Seuss' Birthday which coincides with National Read Across America Day. As a teacher I love this day. As an avid reader I love this day (even though its geared to school aged children I can use it as an excuse to read a ton that day, right?). And there is Pi Day (3.14). Who doesn't love pi(e)?! And, being that I'm part Irish, who can forget that March has St. Patrick's Day. A wonderful excuse to wear green and drink too much. And it's Irish Heritage month or so I've been told.
For me, March also brings Schmeckfest. Which is pure awesomeness. I have gone almost every year since I was a little girl. I used to go with my Oma, then I went with my mom. And this year I head there myself to meet up with other relatives. Schmeckfest, for the 99.9% of you who probably don't know what it is, a 'festival of tasting.' Schmeckfest celebrates the heritage and culture of Russian Mennonites who came to America in the late 1800's. An ethnic meal is prepared (fantastic!) and the entire community puts on a musical. This year it's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat which may be my favorite musical of all time. The proceeds from the event benefit the local Academy. I will definitely have to post to share about the weekend.
March is when spring officially begins. The snow (hopefully) begins to melt. March is a gateway between winter and spring. The days get longer. The sun seems to shine a little brighter. Animals and birds re-emerge. And we come out of our dreary winter days. School is almost done. Which means summer is on its way. Wonderful, isn't it?
Remember the sunset!